A main element to my health and wellness routine is something called intermitted fasting. To be brief, it involves the creation of an eating schedule that skips breakfast entirely. One eats lunch around 1 or 2 pm with dinner 4 to 6 hours later around 8 at night. It admittedly sounds crazy but works to create a lean physique by letting the body fully complete a digestion cycle before accepting new foods that need to be processed; it also means there is a 15 hour window of fasting that must be endured. For this I drink green tea. The drink is a natural apatite suppressor and is known to hold many qualities for the good of the body. But what if I told you there is something else that can be done with it. It may seem funny, but you should pour this drink on your head too.
What is green tea?
Green tea is a plant with origins of Camellia sinensis. The beverage we drink is actually nothing more than the modern version of this plant, that is dried, steamed, and packaged to be placed in hot water by its consumer to enjoy.
The first defined historic reference to this popular drink is 2737 BC, when according to greenteas.com, Chinese Emperor Shennong accidentally drank water that had been boiled with a dried tea leaf.. After 5000 years of existence, the tea made its way west where it became a profitable alternative to good English black tea (fun fact- it was actually green tea thrown into Boston Harbor in 1773, not black tea as most assume, it was then called “bullet tea”).
The power of this plant when drunk has been noted for centuries. As mentioned, I use it for apatite control for long days of fasting, but it’s contents have been proven to do things as minute as cleanse the mouth to larger tasks like preventing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in the elderly. Even beyond the physical, the drink has been known to aid in psychological states of consumers as according to researchers it forms a ritualistic cycle of relaxation. Finally, the reason many sip this natural wonder is because of its great taste and ability to take the place of numerous less healthful beverages. Coffee of instance is often regarded for its high caffeine content. Though the tea does have low levels of the drug, it holds significantly less than opposers and are therefore easier to process.
On your head?
So why would one possibly think it a good idea to pour perfectly good tea on ones head? Numerous studies have pointed fingers at the substance as an enhancer to the hair and scalp, in ways not commonly recognized previous. The drink contains the following:
B vitamin– AKA panthenol: A look through your own bathroom cabinet will show a prevalence of this material in hair-care products. Panthenol is a provitimain that promotes water retention in its subjects. A multitude of it in something such as a green tea rinse can help one create glossy, moisturizes healthy hair!
EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate): This substance said to stimulate the floccules to help hair grow in health and strength.
5-alpha-reductase– Finally, green tea holds 5-alpha-reductase that are too often referred as DHT-blockers. DHT stands for Dihydrotestosterone, one of the main causes for baldness and hair loss. Yes, research states green tea, when applies to hair can help fight balding.